Since our last posting during the civil unrest that rocked through the English cities in the hot months of 2011, the collapse of corporate capitalism is slowly being transformed into a ‘consensual’ police state.
The riots – as always – were used to justify a wide scale rounding -up of suspects and fellow travellers; the imposition of harsher and more punitive sentences which go unquestioned in the public domain for fear of being guilty of sympathetic thought; even greater degrees of surveillance imposed at personal and public levels [remember the Blackberry outage anyone ? - remember the servers are in Slough, UK;
August 20, 2011 — CSO — Executives at the main social media networks and messaging outlets - Facebook, Twitter and RIM's BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) - have been called to meet Home Office ministers on Thursday to discuss their products' usage in the UK riots].
Flat-bed lorries have been parked in shopping centres with blurred photos of ‘rioters’ blown-up to the size of posters, doors have been hammered down at six in the morning to arrest teenagers suspected of having stolen two left shoes, six month sentences handed out for looting a six-pack of mineral water and not even getting to drink it.
Meanwhile, the super yachts are built from the rare woods of ancient forests, cut down for the mining concessions that make the proud new captains so rich; the land ripped apart for the rare earths in the mobile phone that record your every movement through the alleyways and boulevards; and trace your friends and family into a spider’s web of data that traps us even as it attracts us.
The people of Greece are told that they face a generation or more of poverty , and it becomes the first urbanised country in modern times to see a flight to the countryside.
Across Europe social programmes which are funded by the taxes paid by many generations of workers are being closed down, and communally-owned buildings and land are being appropriated by the wealthy.
In Britain the Government discusses which state-owned assets might be sold-off to pay the debt. That is, of course, the debt owed to the banking class by the Government, or the governing class. It represents the money owed on all those junkets in first-class travel, meals at Claridges, armoured convoys travelling through the busy traffic with gun-toting goons guarding some hapless time-server who sits there thinking his time has really arrived; and the invisible web of control behind the facade that keeps it all ticking over.
And what they sell off will be the assets of the nation, earned by the sweat and blood of millions over centuries. And who will it be sold off to ? one might ask in some ironic way; for of course it will be to the very people who have decided that the debt should be paid.
And then the recent revelations that there are undercover police planted in every little group who might have the misguided belief that they are a free people with the right to express their opinions and dare to challenge the way that things are done. Cycling campaigns (Reclaim the streets] and environmental activists have been the main targets of these people who are paid to betray people that they get close to - how low can you actually go?
Not ‘terrorists’ or organised crime, both of which – we are led to believe – have flourished in the last twenty years; which is why your local bobby now looks like robocop on a hunting trip; why railway stations and West End plazas are every so often transformed into the fantasy landscapes of kids raised on Call of Duty with grim-faced, overpaid para-police in flak jackets toting automatics like they’d spray the square if a bar fight gets out of hand, or they spot some suspicious guy in a turban.
Meanwhile, on some estate two miles away, a war pensioner gets mugged on the corner by kids whose mum can’t get it together on the subsistence benefit because she can’t steal, duck and dive; or has just some scrap of dignity left, which means she won’t turn tricks to buy them chips.
This response to the riots was totally predictable – the British ruling class, although richer and more profligate than at any time in history, are also aware that the wolves are at the gates of Rome.
The vast and complex machinery of corruption based in the City of London, which has been robbing people of the fruits of their labour for over two hundred years is more visible, and detested than ever before. The tentacles of this octopus, which stretches from the towers of Manhattan and Canary Wharf have been flailing around looking for new sources of energy. Europe was abandoned years ago – its social welfare programmes and workers’ rights made it ‘unfriendly’ to profiteers. It has nothing to do with ‘building a business’ or enterprise, it is merely interested in exploitation; and the neediest people are the most easily exploited.
So the asset-strippers and beancounters moved in on businesses which had reached compacts with their workers; and literally moved the plant and capital across the globe to those areas that our Empire had already reduced to poverty. There they could pay the poor to work harder for much less in conditions the European workers would consider untenable. Of course, with true imperial arrogance, these financiers never thought they would see the day that the ‘natives’ would learn all the tricks of their ‘masters’ and play them just like they were once played.
The result is that we are now seeing the octopus in its dying agony, tearing itself apart from within.
The recent ‘downgrading’ of France by Standard and Poor is part of the USA’s attempt to ‘fix the game’; S&P is no more than a deniable agency controlled by the US Treasury – its part in the 2008 Crash is in no doubt. It was giving the banks in Iceland AAA+ status only days before they crashed in spectacular fashion; when it was revealed that their debts, running into hundreds of billions, far exceeded anything that could ever be backed up by the country itself, and its people.
But as long as the US can extend the ‘crisis in the Eurozone’, attention is deflected from the fact that the USA is well past bankrupt; its people already impoverished without even a proper healthcare or education system to help them back on their feet again.
And yet the US regime spend more than the rest of the world put together on armaments; more than half their Government spend each year on the machinery of death and destruction; that is their business now – WAR.
The only candidate in the forthcoming election who has even mentioned the distortion in the US economy, and how it is leading the country into a disaster it won’t be able to roll back on, is Ron Paul. He is virtually ignored by the media, despite his popularity; and probably knows he would never be alive long enough to start dismantling a rifle, let alone the US war machine, if he ever got near the White House.
Despite the economic [and moral] bankruptcy of the ruling classes in the UK and USA, we are yet again being led into a war. The sort of inter-communal solidarity so well exemplified in the marches against the Iraq War – which were so contemptuously ignored by the government of Tony Blair, a man who has both committed and profited from war crimes – will probably not be seen again this time around.
No-one believes that peaceful protest in this country has ANY effect anymore, and participation in any protest in the UK has long been treated as a reason for intrusive surveillance, police violence and criminalisation of the demonstrators. Just as in the USA, all protest is depicted as either ‘misguided’ or downright subversive.
The only alternative, in the forthcoming war, will be campaigns of civil disobedience.
The security state is already racheting up the tension in preparation for the Olympic Charade; winding up the fear factor with talk of ‘Mumbai massacres’ [another false flag operation] and bio-weapons, thus excusing the theft of £2bn from the public purse for Olympic Security.
And as Chomsky pointed out so succinctly, if the Nuremberg Laws were applied to the NATO axis – which now seems to [shamefully] include both France and East European countries [who should know better] – then our leaders would be on trial for their lives; but, hey! we’re living in the candy-coloured country , a New Jerusalem, the home of freedom and democracy.
Oh, and all that stuff about 14 million children living in poverty by 2012, just forget it . . . it’s just the hard surface behind the fuzzy screen.